Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sum...Sum...Summer Time!

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada is now in full summer mode. It's been less than a week since regular classes have ended but it's getting busier and busier at The College.  Highland Storm rehearsals on the stage start tomorrow and the show opens in one week's time and the Highland Gathering is just over one week away. Things are definitely not slowing down here!  Have you purchased your tickets to Highland Storm and the Highland Gathering yet?!  These are two of the most anticipated events on the island this summer!  Did you know that you can purchase tickets from the comfort of your own home?  Just by clicking on this link, you can order tickets while wearing your pjs:  It's that easy!

Summer Lovin' Trunk

Congratulations to Katherine MacLeod on winning the Summer Lovin' trunk raffle!  The Highland dancers were raffling off this beautiful handmade trunk full of summertime treasures in support of their trip to compete at the ScotDance Championship in Montreal. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket.  Your support of our Highland dancers and their goal is greatly appreciated!   

Did you know that we have added drumming to the list of disciplines that we teach by Skype?!  Now you can learn paradiddles and flams from the comfort of your own home! Check out our website for how you can sign up and begin your highland snare drumming experience.  You can also call or email our registrar, Jane Magee, for more information. She can be reached by or by calling her at (902) 436-5377.  Don't delay!  Start your drumming adventure today!

If Skype isn't the right learning environment for you, consider signing up for a piping, drumming, highland or step dance summer school week (or weeks!).  Choose you chosen discipline (or chose all four) and these will be available the weeks of July 9th to August 26th. The tuition fee for piping and drumming is $450 but the tuition fee for College of Piping students is half price at $225.00!  Highland and step dance summer schools will be available through July and August. Tuition is $250.00 for dancers with previous experience, $200.00 for dancers with no previous experience, $300.00 for a focus on one dance discipline (2 hours/day) and an introduction to the other dance (1 hour/day).  All levels are offered each week in piping, drumming, highland and step dance. Classes are two hours a day with extra practice time strongly encouraged. A typical week includes a mix of theoretical and practical instruction. Classes are tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. For more information on our summer schools please check out the College of Piping website:

There will also be an Introduction to Dance summer school week this year. It will take place the week of July 8th.  Dancers ages 4 to 11 are welcome to attend. The schedule will be set up so that children can attend classes in both disciplines. Classes in each discipline will be one hour long Monday to Friday and will include participation in the mini concert on Friday. Tuition is $100.00 for one discipline, $180.00 if you are attending both disciplines. These classes usually fill up quickly so please call Jane at 436-5377 or email her at to register. 


Monday, June 17, 2013

Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported our students at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada yesterday at our Year End Recital.  It was awesome to look out over the crowd and see the amphitheatre jam packed with enthusiastic parents, grandparents, siblings, various family members and friends.  Your support and appreciation means a lot to all of us at The College.  Keep your eyes peeled to The College's photo gallery page for pictures from the recital and a huge thank you to Susan Topping, The College's unofficial/official paparazzi, for all of the fabulous photos. The photo gallery page can be found by following this link:      

Student of the Year recipient, Devin Paynter

It was also fantastic to see Doug Hall sitting in the crowd at the recital!  He and his wife, Debbie, are generous supporters of The College and generously cover the tuition for the Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship.  What is the Doug and Debbie Hall Pipe Band Scholarship?!  To be eligible for the scholarship you must be: an Islander between the ages of 8-18, enroll in Highland bagpiping or drumming and give serious consideration to joining The College of Piping Pipe Bands (when you are deemed capable).  It's that easy!  Sign up now!

Doug and Debbie Hall with Sarah Simpson in Scotland this past August

This Saturday, June 22nd, marks the start of the summer Highland Games circuit with the Moncton Highland Games.  Besides Highland Games, The College will be kept busy with various parades and events around the province.  Keep tabs on all the comings and goings by checking the results page ( and photo gallery ( on our website.  It is kept up-to-date with all of the latest information regarding our students!

If you've always fancied strutting your Celtic stuff on stage, you're in luck!  We've extended the registration deadline for Celtic Idol!  You will have three and a half minutes to strut your Celtic music stuff and then the audience and judges vote for the best performance. Audience voting will cost $1.00 per vote (and you can vote as many times as you like...please keep in mind that it will cost you a $1.00 each time).  The winner of Celtic Idol will take home a prize of $500.00 and their is a most creative performance prize and the winner of that will take home a prize of $250.00.  To enter, please follow this link: Good luck! 

You've got less than two weeks to purchase your tickets for the Jeep Wrangler in order to be considered for the Early Bird Draw of $1,000.00.  You will be the envy of all of your neighbours (and the rest of the cars on the road) in your snazzy new vehicle!  There will be an Early Bird Draw of $1,000.00 to be drawn at the Summerside Highland Gathering on Sunday, June 30, 2013 – this ticket will then be placed back in the draw for the grand prize. The draw date for the Wrangler will be Thursday, August 22, 2013 at an event that will take place in the Mary Ellen Burns Amphitheatre at The College of Piping. There will be an elimination draw – first ticket drawn to receive $1,000.00, every 50th ticket drawn will receive $100.00, the third last ticket is for $300.00, second last ticket is $500.00 and the last ticket drawn receives the Jeep Wrangler. During the elimination draw process, we will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $100.00 and all proceeds are in support of The College of Piping’s educational mission …“Inspiring excellence in Celtic Performing Arts through quality educational programming.” 

Friday, June 14, 2013

And That's a Wrap!

But it's not farewell!  You'll be seeing a lot of the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada over the summer break.  There will be a ton of activities happening over the upcoming months and you're invited to all of them!  The year end recital, the Highland Gathering, Highland Storm, a concert on July 18th featuring the College of Piping Dance Company and all three of the College of Piping Pipe Bands, a Jeep raffle and lots more! Don't miss out!

Make sure that your camera batteries are charged as this Sunday, June 16th, is the Year End Recital!  It will take place in the amphitheatre at the College of Piping in Summerside. It starts at 2pm but students are asked to be at The College for 1:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge.  Help us celebrate all the hard work that our students have put in over the year!

Today is the last day to enter the piping, drumming and pipe band competitions for the Summerside Highland Gathering.  Your entries must be in by the end of the day today or postmarked with today's date in order to be accepted.  With judges like Bob Worrall, Colin MacLellan, Jamie Troy Senior, Alex Gandy and Jamie Troy Junior, why wouldn't you want to enter?!  To enter the Summerside Highland Gathering, please follow this link:

If traditional competition events aren't your style but you would still like to take the stage, why not enter Celtic Idol?!  You will have three and a half minutes to strut your Celtic music stuff and then the audience and judges vote for the best performance.  Audience voting will cost $1.00 per vote (and you can vote as many times as you like...please keep in mind that it will cost you a $1.00 each time).  The winner of Celtic Idol will take home a prize of $500.00 and their is a most creative performance prize and the winner of that will take home a prize of $250.00.  To enter, please follow this link: Good luck!

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and supported the College of Piping Pipe Bands at their fundraising concert this past Sunday in Charlottetown.  The bands were thrilled to be joined on stage by such extremely talented people such as:  Ryan MacNeil, Sabrina Bauby, Brittany Banks and the College of Piping Dance Company.  Thank you! Below are some images from the fantastic evening!

Alex Casey 

College of Piping Step Dancers

College of Piping Highland Dancers

Step Dancing Instructor Brittany Banks

All of the fabulous photos from the concert were taken by Susan Topping.  To see more images from the evening, please follow this link:  

Iain Speirs

Andrew Hayes

The College of Piping alumni have been very busy and very successful lately.  Iain Speirs was the big winner at the 2013 Captain John A. MacLellan Medal Competition in Edinburgh, Scotland this past weekend.  He was invited to compete against three other competitors in a piobaireachd competition and he was the victor!  To read about Iain's fantastic accomplishment, please follow this link: . Well done, Iain!  Not to be outdone, fellow alumnus and College of Piping board member, Andrew Hayes had a very successful weekend as well. He was the professional piper of the day at the Georgetown Highland Games and his band, the Ottawa Police Pipe Band, took first place in the grade 2 band competition.  To read more about Andrew and the Ottawa Police Pipe Band, please follow this link:  Congratulations Andrew!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Happy June!

June is coming in like a lion (or an Andrea).  The first named tropical storm of the season is scheduled to arrive this weekend but that won't dampen the spirits of The College!  Field and amphitheatre clean-up, Highland Storm rehearsals and a pipe band concert won't be stopped because of a little wind and rain!

We need your help!  This Saturday (June 8th) we need volunteers to help set up the amphitheatre.  The benches need to be put back in audience seating positions and there is still plenty of field work to be completed!  If you have the muscles, time and inclination, look no further than The College!  We thank you in advance for your help.  It's very much appreciated!

A first for The College of Piping!  The three College of Piping Pipe Bands will perform in Charlottetown for the very first time. This fundraising concert will generously be hosted by the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean on Sunday June 9th. This bilingual concert promises to be a great evening of music and fun with a Celtic flair! Not only will our pipe bands showcase their talents but they will also be joined by Ryan MacNeil, Sabrina Bauby, Trevor Profitt, Brittany Banks and the College of Piping Dance Company. The concert starts at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at The College of Piping and at the Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean located at 5 Acadian Dr. For more information, please contact the College at 1-877-224-7473.

On Sunday, June 16th, the year end recital will take place in the amphitheatre at the College of Piping at 2:00pm. What a wonderful time this will be to celebrate our students’ achievements this past year. The result of the learning, studying and practicing that has taken place from the past year will be on display. Awards in each discipline will be presented after the final performance. The dance committee will also be drawing for the Summer Lovin’ Trunk raffle. Instructors will be giving information to their students. 

We are extremely excited to be a part of the PEI 2014 celebrations!  2014 marks our 25th anniversary of operations here at the College, and it is the exciting 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference! Big things will be happening all year long in celebration! Watch this video to find out what some of the things we're up to in 2014:  

The Three Oaks Senior High Class of 1983 is invited to the Summerside Highland Gathering to celebrate 30 years!!!  The entire class of ’83 is invited to a special night in the beer tent on Saturday, June 29th at the Summerside Highland Gathering with featured entertainment by Fiddlers’ Sons, Celtic Rant, Ryan, Lisa and Boyd MacNeil and Sprag Session.  Identify yourself in the 1983 yearbook for entrance for you and your guest to the event!